$3.284 MILLION IN BESPOKE CYCLE PATH FUNDING WHEELED OUT FOR TAMWORTH
A three-year plan to wheel out $3.284 million in cycle path funding has been announced by the Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson.
Mr Anderson said Roads and Maritime Services had awarded Tamworth Regional Council the money across two funding streams and over a three year period.
“This is such great news as we expect this funding will complete most of the “missing links” in our existing cycling network.
“Last year I announced $1.245 million for shared pathways along Goonoo Goonoo Road, establishing a link to the Northern Inland Centre of Sporting Excellence and for a path.
“This package delivers funding over a three-year period at approximately $1 million a year. It will make a fantastic contribution to Tamworth and the many cyclists who ride for pleasure.
“This funding is for use on local roads, and includes $55k per year to be spent on signage, seating, line marking, and of journey facilities to improve the network.
“I’m a big believer in people’s safety and the construction of these shared paths will create a safe route for people to walk or cycle to the multiple sporting facilities around Tamworth and reduce the reliance on cars.
“This pathway will increase the number of people using the sports facilities, either for recreation or competition, and will encourage a healthy and active lifestyle by providing safe and easy pedestrian and cyclist access,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Tamworth Regional Council’s Mayor, Cr Col Murray welcomed the funding announcement and Council staff had been working hard to prepare plans for the funding submissions.
“In a short time Tamworth has moved ahead with its cycle ways. I want to congratulate the staff for their excellent planning and funding submissions,” Cr Murray said.
“These paths will serve our city for many decades to come.”
Tamworth Bicycle Users Group founder and chair, Greg Johnstone said the news of the funding was ‘unbelievable”
“I’m ecstatic at this news, we’ve seen some really positive steps taken to ensure our cyclists can move around the city in safety,” he said.
The projects anticipated to be delivered in year 1 are*:
1. Connect Gipps Street car park to Locks Lane car park - $205,000.
2. Connect existing riverside paths at Jewry Street end to Solander Drive end - $102,000.
3. Cossa Street (Warral Road to Youth Centre, and Youth Centre car park to Cole Road) - $171,000.
4. Duri Road connection (Dandaloo Street to Tamworth Lions Park) - $132,000.
5. Duri Road connection (Robert Street north to existing path, including Duri Road crossing treatment) - $94,000.
6. Warral Road connection from Stewart Avenue to existing path outside retirement village - $10,000.
7. Johnston Street connection from Bligh Street to Dean Street - $233,000.
8. Bligh Street connection from Peel Street to North Street - $125,000.
9. Ancillary works at various locations (signage, seating, water refill stations, line-marking and wayfinding) - $55,000.
These projects have been selected to be quick to deliver in the tight timeframe.
*Note these estimates are indicative only, and will be confirmed following the detailed design process. As any money not spent by April 30 will be forfeited, the total amount listed above is above the available funding. The program will be shortened with lowest priority works pushed to next year if required.
Works scheduled for years 2 & 3 include:
• Calala Lane (Osprey Way to Falcon Drive) - $570,000.
• Ebsworth Street (Gipps Street to Bridge Street) - $132,000.
• Warwick Road / Greg Norman Drive (Existing Shared Path to Darien Ave) - $815,000.
• Locks Lane connection - $510,000. (if there are sufficient funds remaining)
Priority Cycleways ($287,000 in 2019/20)
The Priority Cycleways funding ($287,000) is a one year program, to be used on State Road cycleways in 19/20. Council has identified three times this amount in its grant application and will continue to apply each year for the unfunded projects to complete the network connections on State roads.